Bathtub Refinishing

Do you want your bathtub to be "like new" again? Refinishing is a quick, affordable, and durable way to resurface your existing bathtub. Don't replace it - refinish it!

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Bathtub refinishing cost is much less than you might expect. Seriously!

It is much more time efficient and cost effective to refinish or reglaze an existing bathtub than it is to remove and reinstall a new one. Plus, there most likely is nothing wrong with your bathtub other than minor damage and discoloration from mineral, rust, or oxidation. The vast majority of the bathtubs that are refinsihed are structurally fit. Therefore, for most situations, cosmetic renewal can rejuvenate and create a beautiful brand new finish for your tub. Often times, it’s not just the bathtub itself that is refinished, but the tile or fiberglass surround as well. Please click here for more information on tub and tile refinishing.

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"Thank you so much! We love our new bathroom. Everything looks fantastic."

- Renee Guckert, Baltimore MD

What is Bathtub Refinishing?

Bathtub refinishing, also known as bathtub reglazing, bathtub re-enameling or bathtub resurfacing is the process of restoring a damaged, stained, or discolored bathtub to a like-new finish. Minor repairs can be made to cracked and chipped surfaces using a polyester finishing and blending putty or body filler. There are multiple steps to professional refinishing.


First, the substrate is prepared for the refinishing process.

This includes repairing minor damage as well as preparing the substrate for adhesion of the epoxy primer and acrylic top coats. This is done by using a mild acid etching solution to provide a porous surface to promote a mechanical bond. Etching is used for surfaces such as cast iron, porcelain, ceramic, tile, granite, marble, and stone.  For surfaces such as fiberglass, laminate, acrylic, and plastic, sanding with a 180 or 320 grit sandpaper is used. The epoxy primer – ULTRAGRIP 4000 – is specially designed to be ultra-resistant to moisture.


Next, the surface is primed for a mechanical bond.

Next, two to three coats of epoxy primer is applied to the substrate in order to prepare the surface for the finishing top coats. This further ensures the adhesion of the final product and promotes long life and durability of the new finish.


Finally, the acrylic top coat(s) are applied to the primed surface.

The 24-hour cure acrylic urethane coating is sprayed using a HVLP compliant paint system powered by an air turbine compressor. For white or flat colored coatings, Hawk Research Labs’ GLAS-TECH 9100 is applied with one or two coats, and for faux stone surface coatings Hawk Research Labs’ Stone-Fleck Green Line Ultra is applied with one or two coats and a final GLAS-TECH 9100 clear coat.

Ready for a brand new look for your old bathtub?

In most cases we can give you an estimate right over the phone, but we are happy to come to you! Let us show you how to bring new life to your bathroom or kitchen!

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"Steve was on-time and very professional. We had some timing issues with our plumber, but he was very patient and did a first rate job on our tub."

- Bob Tanner, Baltimore MD

Environmentally safe bathtub refinishing.

Ideal Refinishing uses environmentally friendly low VOC materials. All workspaces are properly sealed and ventilated with a portable fume extraction exhaust unit. The safety and health of your household and our employees is extremely important to us.

Give Your Bathtub a New Life!

Refinishing your bathtub will give it a clean and bright “brand new” look. It’s safe, quick, and a very cost effective solution to give your bathroom a refresh. Are you planning to remodel your bathroom on your own? It can feel like an overwhelming task. Just ripping out the tile and bathtub is a big job in itself. Then there is the cost of replacing it. Good news is, a bathroom remodel can be much easier and much less expensive than you think. In fact, refinishing your bathtub, surround, sink, countertops – and even the floor! – can save you thousands of dollars on your remodel.

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Nearly any surface can be professionally refinished. Including:

Bathtub Refinishing is Amazing!

Literally, it’s amazing to see the difference refinishing makes.

I had my own bathtubs and tile surrounds done in my own home – in fact, that’s what prompted me to start this business. I couldn’t get over how inexpensive and effective it was. It saved me so much money!

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